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balloon
American English: /bəˈlun/
British English: /bəˈluːn/

Translation of balloon in Spanish:

noun

  • 2 (Aviation) meteorological o weather balloon to go over o (British English) down like a lead balloon [colloquial]
    caer muy mal [colloquial]
    when the balloon goes up (British English)
    cuando estalle el asunto
    cuando reviente el asunto [colloquial]
    (before noun) (ride/trip)
    en globo
    Example sentences
    • Just as an object less dense than water rises to the surface, our balloon filled with hot air rises through the surrounding air.
    • The blast of red hot air filled the balloon, lifting them high into the air.
    • But all in all, I could understand hot-air balloon aviators' fascination with the sport.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Aviation)
    ir en globo
    to go ballooning
    (ir a) pasear en globo
  • 2 (swell)
    hincharse
    Example sentences
    • It split down the middle to reveal a light lavender petticoat and the sleeves ballooned out, at the top, and cascaded down, past her hands, ending in a waterfall of silky material.
    • The necks of old port bottles, for example, usually have a slightly bulbous form, so that the lower part of the cylindrical cork is weakened where it ballooned out and became cone shaped.
    • I was about to breathe a sigh of relief when they ballooned out and started to parachute down in the middle of the courtyard.

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